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AT THE CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA

2016-2017

SEASON

Choral Series with a World Premiere Opera World-Renowned Choirs Christmas Concerts Recitals and more

Sacred Ground K . S C O TT W A R R E N ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


Choral Series

featuring the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola

This season, our Choral Series centers on the theme of Sacred Ground. The resident ensembles present three concerts of diverse repertoire as a consideration of the question: What is our spiritual, ethical and artistic relationship with the earth? At the apex of the season, we are thrilled to present the world premiere of Upon this handful of earth, an opera based on the writing of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk.

CHORAL ELEMENTS: EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER Wednesday, September 28 at 7 PM Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola K. Scott Warren, conductor Victoria Drake, harp The Bedford String Quartet

VICTORIA DRAKE

The four elements—earth, air, fire and water—portrayed in lush pieces for choir, harp and string quartet by W.A. Mozart, Gustav Holst, Frank Ferko, Stephen Paulus, Frank Ticheli, John Kennedy and others. Single Tickets start at $35 3-Concert Choral Subscription Packages start at $52

“Music is the harmonious voice of creation: an echo of the invisible world, one note of the divine concord that the entire universe is destined one day to sound.” Giuseppe Mazzini

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“Over there, on the horizon, the sun has just touched with light the outermost fringe of the eastern sky. Once again, beneath this moving sheet of fire, the living surface of the earth wakes and trembles...” Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

UPON THIS HANDFUL OF EARTH World Premiere Opera by Gisle Kverndokk Friday, February 24 at 7 PM

Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola K. Scott Warren, conductor The Priest—Jarrett Ott, baritone The Young Woman—Nadia Petrella, soprano The Young Man—John Tiranno, tenor The Wife—Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano The Businessman—Kenneth Overton, baritone In honor of the publication of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical about the environment, SMSS and The New York Opera Society have partnered to commission and present the world premiere of a new chamber opera from renowned Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull based on the writings of Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Inspired by and featuring Teilhard’s Mass on the World, Kverndokk’s opera tells the stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably altered by environmental catastrophes: Chernobyl, the tsunamis, pollution and climate change. The work offers a hopeful, empowering meditation on the way forward from the human and environmental toll of these events.

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Co-presented with The New York Opera Society

JARRETT OTT

PHOTO: DARIO ACOSTA PHOTOGRAPHY

NADIA PETRELLA

JOHN TIRANNO

SARA MURPHY

Single Tickets start at $35 3-Concert Choral Subscription Packages start at $52

Opera Society

KENNETH OVERTON


HAYDN’S THE CREATION

Wednesday, May 24 at 7 PM Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola K. Scott Warren, conductor Danya Katok, soprano Matthew Anderson, tenor Jeremy Galyon, bass

DANYA KATOK

Performed in English, Franz Joseph Haydn’s beloved oratorio depicts the creation of the world as told in the Book of Genesis and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

MATTHEW ANDERSON

JEREMY GALYON

Single Tickets start at $35 3-Concert Choral Subscription Packages start at $52

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PHOTO: JOSHUA SOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Special Event JESUITS IN THE AMERICAS: ZIPOLI AND HIS WORLD Friday, October 28 at 7 PM

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola K. Scott Warren, conductor Sarah Griffiths, soprano Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano Douglas Purcell, tenor Celebrating St. Ignatius Loyola’s 150th anniversary as a Jesuit parish, this concert centers on the music of 18th-century Jesuit composer Domenico Zipoli and his contemporaries in the missions of Bolivia and Paraguay.

A concert to celebrate the 150th anniversary of St. Ignatius Loyola as a Jesuit parish

SARAH GRIFFITHS

KRISTIN GORNSTEIN

Special Event Tickets start at $35 DOUGLAS PURCELL

Subscribers get 30% off when purchasing advance tickets! PHOTO: JOSHUA SOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Christmas Concerts A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS Friday, December 2 at 7 PM Sunday, December 4 at 4 PM William Fred Scott, music director

Chanticleer has long been a beloved part of Christmas in New York City. A Chanticleer Christmas celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with an elegant blend of traditional carols, medieval and Renaissance sacred works, and new holiday gems. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, Grammy®award-winning Chanticleer was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. A Chanticleer Christmas is in high demand at the Christmas season, with performances from coast to coast in venues including our own St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and churches and missions in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Chanticleer Christmas is broadcast annually on over 300 affiliated public radio stations nationwide. Chanticleer Tickets start at $35

“Tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity” ~San Francisco Chronicle

PHOTO: LISA KOHLER


“Part of the essence of Christmas in New York” ~The New York Times

HEAVEN AND NATURE SING: ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Sunday, December 11 at 3 PM Sunday, December 18 at 3 PM

Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola, Parish Community Choir and Children’s Choirs K. Scott Warren, Robert Reuter, Michael Sheetz and Maureen Haley, conductors Elisa Singer, soprano Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano Heather Petrie, mezzo-soprano John Tiranno, tenor The Vivaldi Gloria is the centerpiece of this year’s concerts, accompanied by well-known seasonal favorites and festive carols for everyone to join in singing. Christmas Concert Tickets start at $35

ELISA SINGER

KRISTIN GORNSTEIN

HEATHER PETRIE

JOHN TIRANNO

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World-Renowned Choirs

PHILIPPINE MADRIGAL SINGERS Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM Mark Anthony Carpio, choirmaster

Under the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio, the Philippine Madrigal Singers are UNESCO Artists for Peace, “putting fame and influence at the service of UNESCO’s ideals and efforts to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace.” The Madz is one of the most awarded choral groups in the world, having consistently won all top prizes in major choral competitions. They hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (1997 and 2007). The group has a virtuosic repertoire range while continuing to promote Filipino choral works. The group sings in a distinctive seated semicircle without a conductor.

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World-Renowned Choirs Concert Tickets start at $35

ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR: MUSIC OF ARVO PÄRT Wednesday, February 1 at 7 PM Kaspars Putniņš, conductor The leading proponent of Arvo Pärt’s music in the world, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir has won two Grammy® awards for recordings of Pärt’s works. Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world today. People of all religious faiths—and of none—find his music riveting and spiritually stirring. Co-presented with the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

ARVO PÄRT

PHOTO: KAUPO KIKKAS


ERIC WHITACRE SINGERS: MUSIC FOR SACRED SPACES Sunday, March 5 at 4 PM Eric Whitacre, conductor Eric Whitacre brings his Grammy®-award-winning choir to his homeland for only the second time. Featuring Eric’s new work Music for Sacred Spaces, written especially for the occasion, the program includes some of his most loved pieces such as Sleep and Lux Aurumque alongside great works from the choral oeuvre. Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of our time. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries.

PHOTO: MARC ROYCE

“Superlative and compelling performances”

PHOTO: ALEXANDER MACNAUGHTON

~Gramophone

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“River, River carry me on,” the repeated plea in Peter Gabriel’s song “The Washing of the Water,” evokes the symbolic power of flowing water to cleanse, redeem and restore, extolled by composers since music began.

CHANTICLEER: WASHING OF THE WATER Sunday, April 30 at 4 PM William Fred Scott, music director

Washing of the Water features music of spiritual intensity by Palestrina, Gibbons, Tomkins, Cardoso, Victoria, Bryars, Gabriel, Simon and Cohen.

The Best Choirs in the World Concert Tickets start at $35 PHOTO: LISA KOHLER


Caritas Concerts Caritas is the Latin word for “charity.” All proceeds from these benefit concerts are given directly to charities that address social justice concerns. Held in the intimate Wallace Hall, Caritas Concerts are warm, enjoyable evenings of food, wine, friendship and great music.

JORGE ÁVILA, VIOLIN, ARTHUR FIACCO, CELLO & ADRIENNE KIM, PIANO

Monday, November 21 Cocktails begin at 6:30 PM, Music begins at 7 PM Jorge Ávila and Arthur Fiacco are beloved concertmaster and principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola. For this evening, they offer a program of chamber music with celebrated pianist Adrienne Kim. This concert will benefit Hour Children, an organization that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives.

JORGE ÁVILA

PHOTO: JOSHUA SOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTHUR FIACCO

WINE & SONG

Wednesday, April 5 Cocktails begin at 6:30 PM, Music begins at 7 PM Wendy Baker and Tami Petty, sopranos Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano Michael Sheetz, piano

ADRIENNE KIM

An evening of opera, song, Broadway, operetta and folk music woven together for your delight. This concert will benefit Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

WENDY BAKER

SARA MURPHY

TAMI PETTY

MICHAEL SHEETZ

Caritas Concert Tickets: $50

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N.P. Mander Organ Recital The N.P. Mander organ—at 5,000 pipes, 30 tons and 45 feet high—is the largest tracker-action pipe organ in the New York metropolitan area. This massive, kingly instrument bellows beneath the massive vaults at St. Ignatius Loyola. All N.P. Mander Organ Recitals feature large-screen projection, offering the audience a rare view of the organist at work.

K. SCOTT WARREN Sunday, March 26 at 3 PM Organ Recital Tickets: $20

The Venetian Antiphonal Choral Project with The Tallis Scholars Wednesday, February 8 at 8 PM The Tallis Scholars Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus Peter Phillips, conductor

PHOTO: ERIC RICHMOND

Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars train and perform alongside young choral singers in a multi-day workshop that culminates in this joint concert, featuring signature polychoral repertoire written expressly for St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice by Willaert and Giovanni Gabrieli. Tickets sold through Carnegie Hall: www.carnegiehall.org or 212-247-7800

Rejoice in the Lord Sunday, May 7 at 3 PM Combined Choirs of St. Ignatius Loyola

The entire scope of the music ministry at St. Ignatius Loyola in an eclectic concert of celebration and song. Free will offering. No tickets required.

PHOTO: JOSHUA SOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

A Music Ministry Celebration


Season-at-a-Glance CHORAL ELEMENTS: EARTH, AIR, FIRE & WATER September 28—7 PM Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, string quartet and harp

UPON THIS HANDFUL OF EARTH February 24—7 PM WORLD PREMIERE OPERA

PHILIPPINE MADRIGAL SINGERS October 13—7 PM

ERIC WHITACRE SINGERS: MUSIC FOR SACRED SPACES March 5—4 PM

SPECIAL EVENT! JESUITS IN THE AMERICAS: ZIPOLI AND HIS WORLD October 28—7 PM Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola

ORGAN RECITAL March 26—3 PM K. Scott Warren

CARITAS CONCERT November 21—6:30 PM Jorge Ávila, violin Arthur Fiacco, cello Adrienne Kim, piano A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS December 2—7 PM December 4—4 PM

with Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola

CARITAS CONCERT: WINE & SONG April 5—6:30 PM Wendy Baker and Tami Petty, sopranos; Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano; Michael Sheetz, piano CHANTICLEER: WASHING OF THE WATER April 30—4 PM

HEAVEN & NATURE SING ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS December 11—3 PM December 18—3 PM featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria

REJOICE IN THE LORD: A MUSIC MINISTRY CELEBRATION May 7—3 PM

ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR February 1—7 PM Music of Arvo Pärt

HAYDN’S THE CREATION May 24—7 PM Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola

TO ORDER TICKETS • Order online at www.smssconcerts.org or call 212.288.2520. Select seats instantly. • If you require a wheelchair accessible seat and/or wheelchair companion seats, please call 212.288.2520 to order.

• All Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concerts are held at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York. Programs and performers subject to change. All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable. • The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, easily accessible via the 4/5/6 subway lines and the M1, M2, M3, M4, M101, M79 and M86 buses. All concerts except Caritas Concerts are accessible to those with limited mobility. Please call in advance to arrange assistance from the house staff. There are dozens of fine restaurants and many parking options nearby. • Artist biographies and program details are available at www.smssconcerts.org.


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Choral Elements - September 28 · Upon this handful of earth - February 24 · The Creation - May 24

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• SAVINGS: Subscriptions are 30% off single ticket prices. Prices start at less than $20 per ticket. • ADVANCE ORDERING. Subscribers get 30% off tickets to Jesuits in the Americas ordered in advance.

CHORAL CONCERTS $25-$80

Choral Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water—September 28 Upon this handful of earth (World Premiere Opera)—February 24 Haydn’s The Creation—May 24

SPECIAL EVENT: JESUITS IN THE AMERICAS—October 28

$35-$85 Choral subscribers get 30% off when purchased in advance $24.50-$59.50

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS $35-$85

A Chanticleer Christmas—December 2 and December 4 (with 20 “on-stage” seats) Heaven and Nature Sing (Annual Christmas Concerts)—December 11 and December 18

WORLD-RENOWNED CHOIRS $35-$85

Philippine Madrigal Singers—October 13 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: Music of Arvo Pärt—February 1 Eric Whitacre Singers: Music for Sacred Spaces—March 5 Chanticleer: Washing of the Water—April 30

CARITAS CONCERTS $50

Jorge Ávila, violin; Arthur Fiacco, cello; and Adrienne Kim, piano—November 21 Wine & Song—April 5

N.P. MANDER ORGAN RECITAL $20

K. Scott Warren—March 26

We need your help to make these performances possible! Sacred Music in a Sacred Space is not an endowed program—each season we must raise the necessary funds to cover our artistic and operating expenses. Income from ticket sales covers nearly half of each season’s expenses and as foundation support diminishes, we must rely on support from individuals to ensure that we can reach our goal. Please join us in making these extraordinary performances possible. No contribution is too large or too small, and each one goes a long way to make certain that music will be ringing from this sacred space for years to come. Seraphim $10,000+ Cherubim $5,000-$9,999 Archangel $2,500-$4,999

Angel $1,000-$2,499 Benefactor $500-$999 Patron $250-$499

Sponsor $100-$249 Friend $50-$99

Donations of $50 or more are listed in the concert programs. Deductible under the provisions of U.S. tax law.

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